NPQEL – Delivery

NPQEL Residential

Rookery Hall Hotel and Crewe Hall Hotel







“Fantastic couple of days – we were worked hard and I was exhausted by bedtime on day one, however I feel like I have learnt lots and had a fantastic experience. Hotel rooms and food were lovely as were refreshments. Speakers were great and very thought-provoking – a really worthwhile experience and thoroughly enjoyed.”   

Rhian Williams, Executive Principal, Merseyside

“One of the best training experiences I have received.”     

Richard Lane, CEO Mercia Primary Academy Trust

At the Alliance of Leading Learning we are intent on investing fully in your professional learning. We want to ensure you have a quality experience and the time to focus solely on your leadership learning without the distractions of the day job.  We understand that some delegates are anxious about 2 days away from school and also family commitments – but all feedback has confirmed such anxieties were surpassed by the deep learning achieved through investing this time.

*Please do contact us at with any personal issues you have with regards to the residential and we will always do our best to find a resolution.

Our residentials are held at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa near Nantwich.  We use high quality hotels that are equidistant for our delegates from the North West and West Midlands.  Rookery Hall Hotel sits a short distance from Crewe mainline train station (one and half hours from the centre of London by train).

As you will be aware, we are renowned for the active facilitation of our programmes and we strongly advocate F2F learning. This is particularly important for high profile programmes such as NPQEL where the networking opportunity and the investment in time away from work is paramount to really embedding the learning. We are therefore actively planning for our gold standard residential experiences to take place for our NPQEL. However, rest assured should restrictions remain in place for conferences we will continue delivery of the NPQEL on line.

*Those of you in high risk groups and working from home for the foreseeable future will be supported in accessing the NPQEL virtually and continuing to move your professional learning forward.



Watch our short video that shows how are currently continuing to deliver our NPQH and NPQEL programmes.


SCHOLARSHIP Update December 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has communicated that their will be no more NPQ scholarship funding for the rest of the current NPQ contract.

Whilst this news regarding NPQ scholarships is indeed disappointing, we have taken a number of measures to ensure that our NPQs remain accessible by freezing our prices and offering payment by installments.

For registrations not dependent on a scholarship – we are very much continuing to accept applications and will do until Friday 31st March 2021.


We continue to accept registrations and the new deadline for full applications for cohort 5 is Friday 31st March 2021.   This will be our final NPQEL cohort for our existing licence and depending on Covid restriction and numbers registering we may offer some flexibility in terms of deferring to the new suite of NPQs (to be launched in September 2021) or delivery of our existing programme of  which the majority of it will be delivered online.

Register today to commence your NPQ this year.  Any questions please contact us via

We continue to accept registrations and the new deadline for full applications for cohort 5 is Friday 31st March 2021.

*Please be aware the application form needs you to invest quality time to evidence you hit the success criteria. You also need to ensure your sponsor has time to verify each section of your application and you need to plan for this.

Please register here and we will forward you the full application pack.

2020 – 2021 Cohort Details are as follows:

Remote launch day will take place on Tuesday 7th July 2020  (Further remote launches planned for week commencing Monday 2nd November 2020)

Residential 1 – Tuesday 24th November to Wednesday 25th November 2020 (with Monday 23rd November accommodation also included*)

Residential 2 – Tuesday 23rd March to Wednesday 24th March 2021 (with Monday 22nd March accommodation also included*)

*As we continue to invest in our busy leaders, we have decided to offer a hotel room the night prior as well as during the Residentials. This is to ensure you are well rested, not stuck in traffic and begin the residential with the energy and enthusiasm the NPQEL requires.



NPQEL – Delivery